Viral “Thanksgiving Grandma” Returns for 2021


| LAST UPDATE 11/15/2021

By Scarlett Adler
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Spending the holidays with Grandma is nice and all - but you know what's even better? Being welcomed in by a group of strangers after a hilarious case of mistaken identity. Sure enough, that's exactly what happened to one high-school student after landing an invite to Thanksgiving a few years back. And he'll be crashing the family reunion again this year...

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On November 14, Jamal Hinton took to Twitter to give us a much-needed update on his holiday plans for 2021. In other words? Would he be returning to Grandma Wanda's dinner table when November 25 comes rolling around? Indeed, he will. "We're all set for year 6!" the viral star proudly revealed online.

"It would bring me great joy if you, Mikaela and your family would come to my house on Thanksgiving day," Grandma Wanda was seen asking. Sure enough, when the last Thursday of November comes around, Jamal, his girlfriend, and his family will be heading to the Dench residence for some "good food and great conversation." And while our invite must have gotten lost in the mail, we couldn't be happier for the unlikely duo.

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For those who forgot (we know, it's been a while): Jamal and "Thanksgiving Grandma" first crossed paths back in 2016, after Wanda invited her grandson over text for a Thanksgiving feast. And by "grandson," we obviously mean the 17-year-old stranger on the other end of the line. "Who is this..." Jamal Hinton first wondered, after receiving an accidental invite from the unknown number. Safe to say, a whole lot has changed since then...

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Not only did the unlikely strangers spend the holidays together that year, but they've gone on to make a tradition out of it. 1 viral exchange, 6 turkeys and endless amused followers later, and the newfound friends are bringing an entire new meaning to "family reunions." But according to Wanda, she wouldn't have it any other way. "That’s what grandmas do…feed everyone," she assured. We love to see it - though, if that's the case, we're still waiting on our invite...

Until then, stay tuned. And happy holidays!